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[] When to Apply Lime to Your Lawn

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Before you know if you need to apply lime to your lawn, you need to know the pH
level of your soil. The pH level will indicate whether your lawn soil is too
acidic or alkaline. The pH level range from 1.0 to 14.0. A value of 1.0 indicate
extreme acidity and a value of 14.0 indicates extreme alkaline. A desirable or
balanced pH level is between 6.5 and 7.0. If your lawn soil has a pH level in
this range, your grasses will grow healthily and there is less chance of weeds
growing. If the pH level of your lawn soil is less than 6.5, it is acidic and
you have to add lime to bring it back to balance.In general, when there is an
increase in rainfall, the acidity of your soil will also increase. Other factors
that can cause acidity include irrigating with water that has a high acid
content and decomposition of organic matter.You can purchase a soil test kit
from your nearest nursery or garden center to test your lawn soil pH. However,
the test result will only tell you if your soil is acidic or alkaline. You will
not know how much lime is required to bring the soil back to balance. A better
alternative is to send a soil sample to a soil test lab for testing. You can
look up the yellow pages to find one that is located in your vicinity. Once the
soil test is completed by the lab, you will receive a report with an accurate
analysis of your soil chemistry and composition. There should be a section in
the report indicating the amount of lime you need to apply to your lawn.There
are a few type of lime available in the market. The most common type being
pulverized limestone, which is relatively inexpensive. Another type is dolomitic
limestone, which contain magnesium. This is used when the soil test indicates
that your soil is low in magnesium. The more expensive type of lime is
pelletized limestone, which is cleaner and easier to apply. When applying time,
you should use a rototiller to work the lime into the soil for best result.You
can apply lime any time during the growing season but not when the grasses are
wilted or frost covered. Do not apply fertilizer immediately after a lime
application. Give the lime about two weeks to improve the soil before applying
fertilizer. If you have a new lawn, you should apply the lime before planting
any seed.A soil test should be done every three to four years. Apply lime to
your soil only when the test result indicates such necessity. Too much lime will
cause your soil pH to go off balance, which will lead to other lawn problems. As
long as you are able to maintain a balanced pH level for your soil, your lawn
will have a easier time to grow healthily.Jack Greenwood is the webmaster of
GreenLawnCareTips.com which provide information on lawn care and simple soil
maintenance tips. Sign up for your free 7-part Green Lawn Care mini course at
greenlawncaretips.com today.

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